Raised on four openwork wheels, the faux bois hull with sixteen cannons and with twin-tailed mermaid masthead, the deck with windowed aft cabin and canopied stern mounted with sailors loading further cannons, the three masts with billowing sails flat-chased with coats-of-arms and topped by crows' nests and flying pennants, gilt interior, marked on rim of deck
3212 in. (82.5 cm.) high
168 oz. 4 dwt. (5,231 gr.)
The Victor Niederhoffer Collection of Trophy and Presentation Silver; Sotheby's, New York, 15 December 1998, lot 164.
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The various coats-of-arms chased on the sails include those of Furstenberg, Thurn and Taxis and the abbeys of Stablo and Malmedy.

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